May 2020 - by Sally Hale, Executive Director of Camp Sunshine
As we navigate this new and uncertain landscape, if there is one thing that has remained unwavering, it is the resilience of our Camp Sunshine community. We are in this together and we will get through this together.
Although we cannot be with each other in the ways we are used to, we are bringing our Camp Sunshine families together in their homes. We have quickly learned to have campfires and sing-a-longs around our “Zoom” campsite. We have joined our families for Bingo and Trivia in a shared community online.
Camper and volunteer safety remains our top priority. And, for the first time in 37 years, our campers across Georgia and our loyal volunteers will gather from their homes – for Sunshine 2.0, our virtual version of summer camp. We will continue our traditions this year in a new setting - but our mission and goals remain the same. Hope, community, friendships, and fun have NOT been canceled. We are steadfast in our promise to our campers and families.
Childhood cancer is tough enough in the best of times – our families have told us Camp Sunshine is the bright light during their cancer journey. They have called camp “life-changing” for their child. They have said “it makes you feel like you’re not alone.” In these times of isolation, they need our community of support and hope more than ever.
Sometimes, when things get tough, you must bring your own sunshine! We are challenged to deliver our mission in new ways, and we honored to serve those children who inspire us daily. They inspire us to see the hope in dark times, to realize that friendship and love have the power to heal and to know that you should never underestimate the importance of the support of your community.
A former camper once told me, “Chemotherapy healed my cancer – Camp Sunshine healed my soul.” It motivates me to do what we can to make sure no child misses out on Camp Sunshine this summer.
We cannot wait for the day when we can be together again at Camp Sunshine House, at Camp Twin Lakes, and all around Georgia. Until then, take care out there and forever let the sun shine on!